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COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Sparrows’ Roar #1

 
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Overview
 

Story by: Paolo Chikiamco
 
Art by: C.R. Chua
 
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4/ 5


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To sum it all up..

Sparrows’ Roar #1 starts out is a valiant effort at fantasy fiction. Bad-ass female knights AND a sister as a sidekick?? SIGN. ME. UP. The story seems to revolve around the enigmatic Commander Elena, a living legend around Esterpike, which is a part of Unity, the alliance of nation states. Her band of knights are […]

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Posted November 19, 2015 by

 
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Sparrows’ Roar #1 starts out is a valiant effort at fantasy fiction.
Bad-ass female knights AND a sister as a sidekick?? SIGN. ME. UP.

The story seems to revolve around the enigmatic Commander Elena, a living legend around Esterpike, which is a part of Unity, the alliance of nation states. Her band of knights are apparently revered as the Lions. Along with her right hand Amilia, Elena faces foes from across the kingdoms. Elena’s sister, Per, is apparently her protege/apprentice training to one day be a Lion like her sister.

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Let me start by saying I love the art. It felt like a cross of Scott Pilgrim meeting a watered down Fullmetal Alchemist. C.R. Chua and Paolo Chikiamco did a great job at showing passion along with the action you would want to see in a fantasy comic book.The story itself is edgy and attractive. I’m a sucker for ensemble casts, especially if they’re all cool female warriors.

Although, dealing with this kind of art especially in black and white needs a lot of preparation. Paneling has to be just right to make sure the reader doesn’t get confused; in fact, you can see on the first page alone how the bottom panels match the background so completely that you really can’t tell what was going on. The other confusing thing was how similar Elena and Per look. Towards the end, due to how much they look alike, (SPOILER) I couldn’t even tell which sister was slain. It took a while but I finally understood the gravity of the next few pages. And just to add, I feel as though the watercolor paint-style of the cover didn’t do the piece justice. It just didn’t do this brave and sharp story justice! Given the chance, it would be great to see this issue in moderate colours with not too much saturation. All in all, the story works with black and white just as well.

As a standalone issue, Sparrows’ Roar #1 stands out by having a dramatic climax that was paired with adorable and witty dialogue between the characters (which by the way, is something most writers struggle with). Kudos to Studio Salimbal for this new addition!


Tonichi Regalado

 
Tonichi Regalado is a Manila/Tokyo kid. Currently a business major in the business of fun! He's your resident comic book reviewer and feature writer. His secret mutant power: Pag-Ibig. 信仰


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